Notice to Navigators: Gulf and Intracoastal Waterways

NOTICE TO MARINERS
GULF AND INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS

LNM 01-22

 

SECTION VII – GENERAL

This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.

 

FL - GULF OF MEXICO - PANAMA CITY - PENSACOLA - Hazardous Operations

Mariners making plans to transit offshore Panama City and Pensacola, Florida, are advised of frequent rocket activity and associated hazardous areas which may include free falling debris and/or descending vehicles or vehicle components under various means of control. Offshore Pensacola, bound by the following approximate positions:

29-59-27.0N 087-30-00.0W,

29-48-00.0N 087-16-51.0W,

29-36-32.0N 087-30-00.0W,

29-48-00.0N 087-43-08.0W and

29-59-27.0N 087-30-00.0W,

Offshore Panama City, bound by the following approximate positions:

29-54-25.0N 086-10-58.0W,

29-42-57.0N 085-57-50.0W,

29-31-29.0N 086-10-58.0W,

29-42-57.0N 086-24-07.0W and

29-54-25.0N 086-10-58.0W.

Mariners should contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-5976, for more information. Specific scheduled information and Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB) can be found at the following website https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/jacksonville. Upcoming information and Hazardous Areas are also posted on the following Patrick Air Force Base website https://www.patrick.af.mil/ or can be obtained by calling 1 (800) 470-7232.

 

LA - GIWW - WAX LAKE OUTLET - Dredge Operation

The U.S. Government Contract Cutterhead Dredge CAPT. FRANK is currently working in the GIWW, at the Wax Lake Outlet intersection. Once complete, the dredge will then work below Bayou Sorrel Lock, on the Morgan City-Port Allen Alternate Route until approximately January 14, 2022. The dredge will work 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The dredged material will be deposited into deep water of Wax Lake Outlet and along the bank below Bayou Sorrel Lock. The dredge will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 16 and 72. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake after passing arrangements have been made, and when navigating in the vicinity of the dredging operations. The points of contact with the USACE New Orleans District are Vic Landry, at (504) 862-2407 and Robert Swayze, at (504) 862-2060.

 

LA - CALCASIEU RIVER - Dredge Operation

Continuing until approximately August 1, 2022, the U.S. Government Contract Cutterhead Dredge SUSAN CROSBY is working in the Calcasieu River, from Mile 17.0 to Mile 36.0, (including Clooney Island and Devil’s Elbow). The dredge will work 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and will give way to passing navigation. The dredge can be contacted on either VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, for sailing instructions. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. The point of contact with the USACE New Orleans District is Tracy Falk, at (504) 862-2971.

 

TX - NECHES RIVER - Pipeline Removal Operation

Continuing through approximately January 30, 2022, Sunland Construction Inc., is conducting pipeline removal operations in the Neches River, between approximate positions 29-59-22.450N 093-55-58.950W and 29-59-34.600N 093-55-57.700W, from 6:00 a.m., until 6:00 p.m., each day. Tug MR. LANDON, Tug ANDREW C. and Tug MAGGIE LYNN along with Hopper Barge DIAMOND 100, Hopper Barge DIAMOND 300, Hopper Barge DIAMOND 500, Barge BH 300 and Barge BH 103, will be on-scene. On-scene vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 65. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.

 

TX - NECHES RIVER - Pipeline Removal Operations

Continuing until approximately February 5, 2022, Tug JOHN B., Tug JUNIOR G., and two spud barges are conducting pipeline removal operations on the Neches River, in approximate position 29-59-27.4N 093-55-54.9W, approximately 3.3 nautical miles west of the Rainbow Bridge, in Port Arthur, TX., immediately upstream of Indorama Dock/Upper Fina Anchorage. Portions of the operations will restrict traffic in the navigable channel. On[1]scene tugs will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 65. Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur will issue advisories notifying vessel traffic when channel restrictions are in place. Impacts to ship traffic will be communicated to and coordinated with the Sabine Pilots.

 

TX - UPPER GALVESTON BAY - Oyster Reef Operations

Commencing January 9, 2022 and continuing until approximately May 4, 2022, Wiipica QRI JV LLC., will be building an oyster reef out of limestone aggregate on three 15-17 acres of reef pads between between Dollar Point and Moses Lake Flood Gate, approximately 1 mile from the shore, in 8 feet of water bound by the following approximate positions: Northwest Corner: 29-27-22.22N 094-53-45.99W, Northeast Corner: 29-27-13.35N 094-53-25.01W,

Southeast Corner: 29-26-53.29N 094-53-42.61W and

Southwest Corner: 29-27-01.43N 094-54-01.83W.

Material will be transported to a staging area approximately 1/4 mile from reef site in regulation hopper barges where limestone will be loaded with an excavator onto 120 feet by 30 feet by 7 feet deck barges. The deck barges will be transported to the reef site individually with shallow draft tugs and off loaded by means of hydraulic water blasting. Operations will be conducted from 6:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m., 7-days a week. On-scene vessels will be 3 tugs, 6 deck barges and 6 spud barges. On-scene vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. Mariners are requested to maintain a 500-foot safe distance. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.

 

TX - GIWW - ESPIRITU SANTO BAY - Partially Submerged Obstruction

A partially submerged pipe has been reported across from Charlies Bait Camp, in the vicinity of Folcruns Cut, in approximate position 28-21-52.200N 096-34-39.600W. The partially submerged pipe is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to avoid this area.

 

TX - CORPUS CHRISTI BAY - Partially Submerged Obstruction

A 400-foot partially submerged pipeline has been reported between Flato Cut and Atlantic Cut, in approximate position 27-46-44.5N 097-08-18.5W. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution.

 

TX - CORPUS CHRISTI BAY TO PORT ISABEL – Obstruction

A 250-foot tube that is black with orange stripes and unlit has been reported in approximate position 26-13-15.600N 097-14-57.600W. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

TX - LONG ISLAND - SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Overhead Transmission Line Operations

Commencing January 10, 2022 and continuing until January 31, 2022, construction of a new transmission line and removal of an existing transmission line across Laguna Madre, from Long Island to South Padre Island, will be conducted. The row is approximately 200 feet from the old Laguna Madre Bridge Crossing. The operations will be bound by the following approximate positions:

26-04-11.18N 097-11-46.27W and 26-04-47.87N 097-09-58.85W,

On-scene vessels include M/V BMT 054, MUD TUG 15 and M/V TC3. Operations will be conducted from 5:00 a.m., until 7:00 p.m., 7-days a week. Construction operations include pulling rope and removing wire from the transmission line structure on Long Island to the transmission line structure on South Padre Island. Mariners are urged to use caution in the area and maintain minimum 360 feet clearance from all vessels.